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Film Screening: Paper Lanterns

May 24, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Free with museum admission

“Paper Lanterns” is the true story of three men, two American and one Japanese, who survived the American bombing of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945. Normand Brissette of Lowell, Massachusetts, and Ralph Neal of Corbin, Kentucky, were two of the 12 American POWs who were on the ground in Hiroshima that day, 1,300 feet from ground zero. On that same early August morning, a young Japanese boy, Shigeaki Mori, also witnessed the explosion. Mori spent over 35 years tracking down the stories of the American POWs who were in Hiroshima that day. He wanted to understand them, not as enemies, but as humans who suffered in one of history’s most tragic events.

Mori and his wife will be our special guests at this this screening, on their first visit to the United States. Director Barry Frechette and producer Nobuko Cleary Saito join Mori on stage for a Q&A following the screening.


May 24, 2018
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free with museum admission


Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin St
San Francisco, 94102 United States